Where in the world did October go? It's less than one week until Halloween and it seems that I was just welcoming in this beautiful month. Does anyone else ever feel like time has somehow been tweaked and is passing by at a faster pace? This thought crosses my mind all of the time. Maybe it's because time is measured differently as a parent than as a child. I just know that I blinked and the tiny little one I once held in my arms, all dressed up like a pumpkin, is now too big for me to carry anymore, has the cutest, quirkiest sense of style and taste, and will one day not want to dress up or go trick-or-treating with her less-than-cool mom :). I'm bracing myself for that day. There will be tears behind a closed door, I'm certain.
It seems in our house, my husband and I relate experiences with our little girl as "one and only" opportunities. So, I try my best to soak her up, soak it all up, knowing that it won't come again. It makes me hang on and treasure her, us, and all of the ordinary moments of life that to me are extraordinary. I feel like I am blessed with little miracles, tender mercies, and gifts of motherhood that are given to me each day. We all are.
So, with that being said...if I seem to disappear from this little home on the net from time to time, you'll know right where I am :). I still love to create. It soothes my soul and my heart, calms my mind, and truly brings me so much happiness still. There are days when I can't wait to lose myself in pretty paper, glitter, and stamps and I'm so thankful those things are always there waiting. My not-so-little one, can't wait.
This card was created for the last Festive Friday challenge. It was a fun one, but one that I was late getting to. I used Papertrey Ink's Merry Kiss-mas stamp set and Freckled Fawn's Very Merry Embellishment Kit. You'll have to check out the next challenge...each lasts two weeks. It's darling and inspiring, but the cards that have already been created are even more inspiring. Gonna have to make time for this one.
So this week, the three of us hopped in the car and took a quick road trip to my most favorite place, the Salt Lake Temple. There are endless reasons why this place means so much to me. This time, my niece was marrying her sweetheart here and I was so happy to attend with my husband and family. And during my most favorite time of year too. October on Temple Square is breathtaking and an experience you'll never forget. I had time to walk around the grounds for a bit and snap some photos, capturing the magnificence, the brilliant autumn colors, and create a few memories to tuck away.
Enjoy your Sunday.